I was reluctant to take Abby to the dog park today because of all the horror stories I’ve read or heard. I hear about dogs getting viciously attacked requiring stitches and it scares the pants off of me. The fact that Abby’s recall isn’t solid doesn’t help either. But what I’ve learned from life is that sometimes… You gotta just go with it.
The closest dog park is 20 minutes away from us and Charlotte traffic never treats me well. When we got there, I didn’t see any dogs and the area looked tiny. I could’ve sworn I read 4 acres for dogs… To me, it looked more like half an acre.
I kept Abby on a leash to ease her into the park. We sniffed around the area and as we approached the blind corner, there was more land and more dogs! I was happy we got a chance to meet other dogs, all different types. There was a Great Dane, Bernese Mountain Dog, Schnauzer, small and large. They saw us coming and I was hoping they were all friendly.
A few of them approached us, surprisingly calm and walking pace. The Great Dane took an interested with the bunch and they were all sniffing Abby. I know it could get out of hand in a split second so I was watching very closely and constantly praising Abby, “Good girl Abby. Good girl”. Her hackles were up but tolerating the other dogs as they exchanged sniffs.
I wanted to explore more of the park because it still didn’t seem like 4 acres and maybe there were more dogs. Wherever we went, the little Schnauzer kept following. He was so cute and friendly and Abby took a liking to him too. I came to find the entire park was in fact 4 acres.
I thought off-leashing her would’ve been too soon for her so we went back to the area with no dogs. I did a few training commands then off leashed her. She ran all over at the speed of light! Then she charged towards the fence and I heard someone approaching. It was a lady and her Weimaraner. I was going to call Abby back but thought it’d be a good experience to see how this plays out.
As they entered, I was surprised that Abby came and stayed by my side. The lady off-leashed her dog and it ran towards Abby. Being that this was our first time off leash with another dog, I was scared. Not for Abby but for the other dog. It stopped in front of Abby and looking from their body language, it was as if he was saying, “I bet you can run faster than you!”
Abby responded “No you can’t! Watch me!”
And they took off! Surprised by Abby’s great behavior, we stayed longer so she could enjoy this experience. Not too many people would allow their dogs to play with a German Shepherd Dog so I definitely took advantage of this opportunity. I was happy to see Abby enjoying herself with another dog. His name is Samson and he was as friendly as can be. I pet him and he licked me. Wow, I want another dog. lol. After a lot of running, they took a break under the tree and I poured her a bowl of water. Then Samson drank out of it. LOL. The owner was correcting Samson because he had his bowl of water out as well.
It’s too bad I didn’t take a pictures. Being that this was our first time at the dog park, I had to keep an eye on things so I couldn’t pull out the camera. Next time, I’ll be sure to take some pictures! Here’s Abby knocked out after a day of socializing.